I am my beloved's,
And his desire is for me.
Song of Songs 7:10 NASB
For me, this is the diamond that sparkles in the setting of this wonderful Song of Songs.
We have, through the course of our ponderings on this Song of Songs, seen four similar statements:
My Beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms In the vineyards of Engedi. ~1:14
My Beloved is mine, and I am his; He pastures his flock among the lilies. ~ 2:16
I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine, He who pastures his flock among the lilies. ~ 6:3
I am my Beloved’s, And his desire is for me. ~ 7:10
I just love the progression of the walk of faith.
As a new believer, I may tend to see Jesus as what He is to me - what He has done for me. This never goes away, but it does tend to deepen as we grow. The fact is that no matter how long you have been in the faith, what Jesus is to us is a wonderful place to start in worship.
Growing in grace we see that Jesus gives Himself to us, and we say with the maiden, my Jesus, my Savior, Lord there is none like You. And with the maiden we give our selves over to His ownership.
But somewhere along the way a switch flips in the heart of the Jesus lover. No longer do we see ourselves as holding on to Jesus, but we see Him holding on to us. Like the maiden in the end of Song of Songs 4, the garden of our soul changes ownership. His ownership of me is no longer secondary to my decision to follow Him. Now my identity is fully found in Him. He is the answer to who I am.
Finally we come to a place where we see that we not only belong to Him, but He desires us.
Check out a few different translations of that phrase - as you read what follows, let it wash over you. Hear the voice of the Lord speaking each of these expressions.
His desire is toward me. (KJV)
He desires me! (LEB)
I am the one he desires. (TLB)
I’m all He wants. I’m all the world to Him! (MSG)
He longs for me. (NOG)
He desires only me. (NCV)
You long for me. (NIRV)
His desire is for me. (NIV)
He wants me. (NLV)
He claims me as his own. (NLT)
His turning shall be to me. (WYC)
All His desires are fulfilled in me (The Passion Translation)
O Christian brothers and sisters, hear this. If Jesus bought you with His precious blood, washed in His word, cleansed by His blood, then He wants you! You fulfill His desires. His turning shall be toward you.
Far too many Christians are living as though they took the forbidden fruit today. As if they fall from the favor of the Lord every day. As if every time they walk away from their prayer time, they immediately take off their robes of righteousness and don again their fig leaf loin cloths. Christians feel the condemnation, guilt, and shame washing over them the moment they step back out of their prayer closet.
Our Father has made all things new. He has set all things right. He has placed you in Christ, and seated you in heavenly places. You are no longer a child of wrath, but HIS DESIRE IS TOWARD YOU.
Like our maiden faire You belong to Him and He desires you.
Too good to be true?
Yep - that’s the way the Gospel rolls.
Perhaps we should call it the “Too Good News.”
Check out this video.
Walk in the light.
Note: I love to use Bible Gateway's "every English translation" feature. If you look up a specific verse (you have to search by a single verse reference for this to work) and look at the bottom of the page, you'll see a link at the bottom for your verse "in all English translations." That's what I did above to get those snippets. Credits for all these translations can be found here, with the exception of "The Passion Translation" which is a brand new translation of the bible in passionate language by Dr. Brian Simmons.